Summary of 1 Peter 2:4-10:
Peter says Jesus is the living stone who was rejected by men and chosen by God and precious to him and so are we (Christians) living stones being built into spiritual houses and holy priesthoods. The stone (Jesus) is precious to believers as our cornerstone, but unbelievers reject the stone and is now the capstone and a stone that causes those who disobey the message to stumble.
We are a chosen people, royal priesthood, holy nation, belonging to God, and called into the light from the dark. We are God’s people out of His mercy.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 4: 1 Peter 2:4-10
9) Living stone, which was rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious to God. We, like living stones, are being built into spiritual houses to be a holy priesthood. A stone laid in Zion will be a cornerstone to trust in and never be put to shame. Stone is precious. Stone is the capstone that was rejected by builders and then they stumbled over it.
10a) Christ causes men to stumble because they disobey the message. It’s why we all stumble. When you trust Jesus, he’s your cornerstone, your foundation that holds everything up and is precious.
b) They don’t want to commit either way. This is impossible because failing to commit to Jesus is the same as rejecting him.
11) Chosen people, royal priesthood, a holy nation, belonging to God, called into his light, people of God, received mercy. They are all important, but I like holy nation because being holy allows me to be with God, righteously.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 4: 1 Peter 2:4-10
The cornerstone is a fitting analogy for Jesus, who after all, is our foundation.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 4: 1 Peter 2:4-10
We live because we are connected to Jesus. He’s the living stone first; then us. Our temple is spiritual, not physical like the temple in Old Testament times.
God builds; we offer sacrifices to please Him.
Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of Psalm 118, the stumbling stone of Isaiah 8, the foundation stone of Isaiah 28, the supernatural stone of Daniel 2, and the rock that miraculously gave Israel water in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:4).
Those who reject the Cornerstone and refuse to build on Him instead stumble over Him.
Jesus quoted this passage from Psalm 118 in regard to Himself (Matthew 21:42). A chief cornerstone is the starting point of a building; everything is laid out according to its position. It is the starting place for two walls:
This in itself was a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense for the Jews, who thought that Gentiles should not have equal share with the Jews into God’s great house.
Therefore these great titles of 1 Peter 2:9-10 now apply to all believers, Jew and Gentile alike; whereas before they only applied to the Jewish people as God’s covenant people.
When Jesus spoke of Himself as the stone of Psalm 118, He spoke of what those who rejected Him are appointed to: “And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” (Matthew 21:44)
God’s People Are:
- A royal priesthood. The offices of royalty and priesthood were jealously separated in Israel. But Jesus, who is our King and Priest, has brought them together for His people.
- Special. We are special because we belong to God. (These same titles were applied to Israel (Exodus 19:5-6, Deuteronomy 4:20, Deuteronomy 7:6, and Isaiah 43:20-21).
- People of God.
- Receivers of mercy.